After Jaishankar questions American F-16 security assistance to Pak, US responds
The White House has responded to Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's questioning of the rationale behind US' F-16 security assistance to Pakistan, media reports said.
Replying to an argument made by the US that F-16 sustenance package is used as counter-terrorism, Jaishankar said, "You're not fooling anybody by saying these things."
Everybody knows where and against whom the fighter jets are used, Jaishankar said as reported by NDTV.
Responding to Jaishankar's comment, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, "We don't view our relationship with Pakistan, and on the other hand, we don't view our relationship with India as in relation to one another. These are both partners of ours with different points of emphasis in each."
"We look to both as partners, because we do have in many cases shared values. We do have in many cases shared interests. And the relationship we have with India stands on its own. The relationship we have with Pakistan stands on its own," he added.